MAIN SQUEEZE Dance Party
Free before 10pm!
9pm | $4.00 day of show
Main Squeeze is a celebration for floor movers of all stripes. From house and techno to deep cuts and disco, expect nothing but the freshest selections off the vine. Whether you have a main squeeze to shake it with on the dance floor, or are on the hunt for a sweet new thing, we've got you covered with sensual selections all night long.
8:30pm | $15.00 advance $15.00 day of show
Tanlines - singer/guitarist Eric Emm and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Cohen - will release their sophomore album, Highlights, on May 19th, 2015. Produced by the band and Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, Highlights began in a basement in Pittsburgh and ended in a church in Brooklyn. It trades world music sounds (as heard through YouTube) for a more alive, realized approach, the result of Emm and Cohen wanting to break from their 'two guys, one screen' writing style. The transition came suddenly: when they sat down to write Highlights in Emm's childhood home in Pittsburgh, their computer blew up, quite literally, "with a burst of sparks and clouds of smoke. Whatever had just happened felt like some kind of omen," says Emm.
Stranded without the samples and sounds that had previously defined their musical palette, they spent the rest of the week in Pittsburgh writing songs the old-fashioned way--with a guitar and drums. They found themselves falling back on facility they'd gained with their instruments over the previous two years of touring, and an alternative, simpler process evolved, one that set the tone for Highlights immediately.
Influenced by their time spent on the road touring Mixed Emotions, primarily in the States, they reached for the sounds of 90's New York hip-hop drums, Detroit techno synths, and lots and lots of guitars. The results of which would lead them to call this their 'American album', "though it may only sound that way to us," says Emm. Instead, let's just call Highlights "the album where things started making more sense." Whereas before the band had wandered their way through foreign musical landscapes and the existential 'what am I doing with my life' wasteland of post-youth, Highlights finds the band settled and at home, comfortable in their own skin.
Indeed, one listen to Highlights shows this change in subject matter has brought Tanlines to a more evolved, sophisticated place. Themes of love and desire replace questions of the unknown. Partnerships are celebrated while relationships grow and change and give way to safe-distance reflections on the past without the trappings of nostalgia.
Between working in Los Angeles with producer Patrick Ford, and their hometown of New York City with Chris Taylor, they eventually settled on the ten songs that make up the album. Taylor brought them to record in a 100 year-old church; the unfamiliar settings and Taylor's energy and enthusiasm pushed the band to new heights. Most noticeable are Emm's powerful vocals, broadcast from the balcony of the empty church, and thankfully, captured warmly and beautifully by Taylor across the whole album.
In many ways, the resulting music feels like a renaissance for a band that began in 2008 as a one-off remix project. The upbeat dancefloor-ready Tanlines lives on in songs like driving set opener "Pieces", the dream-inspired "Slipping Away", and the seductive "Bad Situations", but the colors and emotional range of the album go much deeper than ever before, with Emm's vocals and lyrics, at once personal and observational, taking center stage on songs like "Running Still" and "Invisible Ways."
Eyes + Edge, Ill Society Magazine and Nu Soul Magazine present:
SiR (Fresh Selects, LA)
Andre Power (Soulection, LA)
Neijah Lanae (LA)
The Last Artful Dodgr (PDX)
9pm | $7.00 advance $10.00 day of show
Just $7 at the door with RSVP in advance at SplashThat.
Clear your calendar - It's going down! #TFTIPDX kicks off on December 3rd, and you're invited to take part in the festivities. ILLSOCIETY Magazine, EYES & EDGE and NuSoul Magazine have teamed up to bring you Thanks For The Invite (TFTI) Portland! The two Los Angeles based magazines along with the Portland staple, E&E, will host SiR along with Andre Power co-founder of Soulection, Niejah Laene, and The Last Artful, Dodgr. Holocene is our meeting spot for a night of fun and excitement. Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose. This is going to be epic!
10pm | $5.00 advance $10.00 day of show
LIMITED SUPPLY OF $5 ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE WHILE THEY LAST!
In a few short years, Lauren 'KITTENS' Abedini has gone from djing in her bedroom, to touring with Kid Cudi, performing with Chief Keef, as well as djing for Usher, who is her current mentor. Rising through the ranks of an industry dominated by men, she's learned how to play to trendy Hollywood crowds and underground music aficionados by balancing classic and current hip hop, trap, house, jersey club, future bass, and genreless dance music with some mainstream sounds sprinkled on top. Her selections have garnered support from artists like Usher, A-trak, Madlib, Kid Cudi, Ta-ku, and the Gaslampkiller (who was one of the first to teach KITTENS how to DJ).
Her foundation was built growing up as a classically trained dancer, listening to soul/funk/jazz cuts from her Mothers impeccable record collection, digging for any proper hip hop she could get her hands on, and during her teen years attending Low End Theory. All of these things combined provided her with a well rounded taste and understanding of good music.
Hard Yes presents...
9pm | $5.00 day of show
YES, PLEASE! is a dance party for creatures of the queer night. Bring your looks and flirtations without the hesitations. Expect garage, disco, and house with a dash of cosmic sounds. Performance art and visuals will set the mood. Bring your sexy self to the dance floor!
Double Tee and Dead Nation Present...
Mr. Charming (Resident DJ - Gaycation)
8pm | $18.00 advance $22.00 day of show
VIP Package available on Ticketfly, featuring a signed poster, VIP merch item, and a Meet and Greet!
Dumblonde is an independent alternative Dance/Pop duo created by singer/songwriters Aubrey O'Day and Shannon Bex formerly of the multi-platinum, international, chart topping female group Danity Kane. The girls were discovered on the hit MTV show "Making the Band", and grew to be noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the only girl group to have two number one consecutive albums on Billboard. In their ten years sharing the stage these two formed an unbreakable bond while touring the world with many artists, including opening for the Black Eyed Peas, Backstreet Boys, and Christina Aguilera. Their indie pop debut has strong dance and alternative influences reminiscent of acts like The Ting Tings, and La Roux. The combination of their iconic blonde appeal, transcendent harmonies and powerful stage presence is a style unique only to Dumblonde.
5:30pm | $5.00 day of show
Join us for a special holiday edition of InFARMation, to mix and mingle, do-si-so, enjoy live music, and win some goodies in our raffle drawings!
$5 - $10 suggested donation.
Since January 2009, Friends of Family Farmers has hosted InFARMation (and Beer!) each month in Portland. This is an opportunity to bring the issues that Oregon family farmers face onto the radar of urban consumers, and the community in general. The topic changes each month, but always focuses on the larger picture of the connection between food and farms in our state. When eaters connect with farmers, it makes our food web stronger, and real changes in our local food system are possible. InFARMation (and Beer!) is always free and open to the public, on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30-8:30pm.